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Flagstaff leaders seeking split from tribes in redistricting (access required)

During the last redistricting cycle, Flagstaff narrowly avoided being split into two legislative districts. But in order to keep the city whole, it was coupled with the expansive, Native American-dominated Legislative District 2, a district so heavily Democratic that not one Republican ran for the Legislature there in 2010, an otherwise GOP-wave year.

Now leaders in Flagstaff say they want to be part of a more competitive district, which can only be accomplished by severing ties with their Native American neighbors to the north and east.

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Mister nice guy: Pearce foe decries ‘bully politics’ (access required)

When he declared he was challenging Senate President Russell Pearce, Republican Jerry Lewis offered overarching goals that no politician really could argue against — investing in education, attracting companies to Arizona, a fresh start for Mesa.

What he refused to say was how his political positions differ from Pearce’s.

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